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Rumour Mill: Jorge Cadete | Dave King | Stevie May

Jorge Cadete of Celtic lifts the ball over the head of Hearts goalkeeper Gilles Rousset. Picture: TSPL

Jorge Cadete of Celtic lifts the ball over the head of Hearts goalkeeper Gilles Rousset. Picture: TSPL

Former Celtic striker Jorge Cadete says he is living on benefits, former Rangers director Dave King in investment call and Peterborough up bid for St Johnstone’s Stevie May.

Former Celtic star Jorge Cadete broke

Ex-Parkhead striker Jorge Cadete is living off benefits and staying with his parents despite earning around £3m from his career which also included stints at Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Celta Vigo.

The Portuguese striker blamed two divorces and a number of bad investments for his predicament.

He said: “The moment you stop playing, things change. Agents forget to call you. You always hear players say ‘I’ve got loads of friends in football’.

It’s a lie. When you finish nobody wants to know you.”

Cadete scored 32 goals in 38 games for Celtic in the 1996/97 season but left for Benfica following a fall out over wages with then owner Fergus McCann. (Sun)

Dave King says Rangers must match Celtic

Former Rangers director Dave King says Rangers should be investing in their squad and not cutting costs if they are to match Celtic when, as expected, they are promoted back into the top flight of Scottish football.

King said there were stakeholders who were looking to invest in the Ibrox club, that would allow investment in the squad, however they were being discouraged from doing so by the set up of the current board. (Herald)

Sunderland consider move for Georgios Samaras

Gus Poyet is reported to be on the verge of making a £1m bid for Celtic striker Georgios Samaras who is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to sign another contract. (Express)

Barry Ferguson wants Kris Boyd reunion

Interim Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson has informed the club of a list of players he believes will turn the club around with Kilmarnock’s Kris Boyd top of the list. The former Rangers captain is also reported to be interested in Alan Hutton and former Motherwell winger Jim O’Brien. (Sun)

• Ferguson will hold talks today with Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston today about taking the role on a permanent basis

Filip Djuric unlikely to move to Celtic

The Serbian international midfielder’s agent says the player is content at Benfica and is not wanting to move. Celtic have had the 21 year-old watched on two occasions following reports that he was unsettled.

The Serb has struggled to hold down a first team place but says he is committed to establishing himself at the Portuguese club. (Scotsman)

St Johnstone face battle to hold onto May

Peterborough United have submitted a £500k bid for St Johnstone forward Stevie May having failed in two previous attempts to land Scotland’s top goal scorer. The midlands side have come back with an improved offer which includes a sell-on clause that could potentially net the Perth side a total of £1m. (Mail)

Jordan Rhodes denies any rift with Scotland boss Strachan

The Blackburn striker says there is no rift between him and Gordon Strachan following the Scotland manager’s comments that he was a player, who despite his goal scoring talents, did not fit his system of play.

Rhodes says he remains committed to Scotland and has vowed to improve his style of play. (Scotsman)

Lee Griffiths told to forget Celtic move

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has told former Hibs star Lee Griffiths that he will not be moving to Celtic as he is a player the club is not looking to sell. Griffiths recently said it would be “an honour” to play for the Scottish champions however Wolves say the player has shown no signs of being unsettled and has not submitted a transfer request. (Scotsman)

IN BRIEF

• Hearts are administrators BDO are waiting for a critical draft agreement from Lithuania that will pave the way for the club to leave administration

• Darren Fletcher will make his Scotland comeback against Poland in March

• Livingston teen Stefan Scougall is close to agreeing personal terms with Sheffield United

• Hamilton have signed former St Johnstone striker Jason Scotland until the end of the season

SPFL ON YOUTUBE

GOALS

• Kallum Higginbotham will be developing a reputation as an overhead kick specialist after his wonderful goal for Partick Thistle against Kilmarnock . Whilst at Motherwell the Englishman scored an exquisite goal for Motherwell last season which drew parallels with Wayne Rooney’s famous goal against Manchester City.

• Arguably the in-form team of 2014 so far has been Ross County. A handful of signings in the transfer window have seen the Staggies claim 10 points from a possible 12 in January. Many argue that the catalyst has been the loan signing of Filip Kiss from Cardiff City. The Slovakian has scored four goals in two appearances, none better than this delightful curling effort from 30 yards against Dundee United on Saturday. County won the match 3-0.

• Another Premier League signing who has been attracting attention is Newcastle United’s Adam Campbell. Campbell has scored twice for St MIrren since joining the Buddies on loan, including this strike in their 3-2 win over Hibernian at Easter Road.

• Inverness’ secured a fantastic victory against Aberdeen with this terrific goal from Danny Williams . His strike crashes off the crossbar and past Jamie Langfield to end the Dons’ four-game winning streak.

• Kris Commons’ fine form continued for Celtic as they recorded their tenth consecutive victory in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday. The Hoops’ 3-0 win over Motherwell at Celtic Park maintained their unbeaten run in the league, and was also their ninth consecutive clean sheet. The last player to score against Celtic in the Premiership was Niall McGinn for Aberdeen in November.

Kris Commons’ fires a penalty for the Hoops for his 14th goal of the season:

TALKING POINTS

FIGHT - The game of the week came from Perth, as St Johnstone were held to a 3-3 draw against Hearts. The Saints were 3-1 thanks to a Stevie May hat-trick with five minutes to go, but Hearts scored twice in the dying minutes in an incredible comeback. The match had 6 goals, 3 red cards and 2 penalties, as well as bust-up at the end .

OWN GOAL - It wasn’t a great return to Celtic Park for Stephen McManus. The former Celtic captain scored this spectacular own-goal against his former club.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

@AberdeenFC 0-1 @ICTFC

Danny Williams scored his first ever goal for Inverness CT as John Hughes’ side won for the first time in six matches by stunning high-flying Aberdeen at Pittodrie in the SPFL Scottish Premiership. The defeat ended a run of four straight wins for Derek McInnes’ Dons.

@CelticFC 3-0 @MotherwellFC

Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table to 13 points as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Motherwell at Celtic Park. Kris Commons scored twice and Stephen McManus scored an own goal but Anthony Stokes saw red late on for a late challenge on Keith Lasley.

@HibernianFCClub 2-3 @saintmirrenfc

St Mirren scored three times in the opening 26 minutes as they held on to beat Hibernian 3-2 at Easter Road in the SPFL Scottish Premiership. An own goal from Ben Williams and further strikes from Adam Campbell and Steven Thompson had the Buddies in dreamland and it proved to be enough despite a second-half double from James Collins.

@ThistleTweet 1-1 @OfficialKillie

Robbie Muirhead scored a dramatic injury time equaliser for Kilmarnock, after Kris Boyd had seen his penalty saved, as they held Partick Thistle to a 1-1 draw at Firhill Stadium in the SPFL Scottish Premiership. Kallum Higginbotham’s stunning overhead kick had given Thistle the lead but Aaron Taylor-Sinclair was sent off and Killie levelled it at the death.

@TheStaggies 3-0 @dundeeunitedfc

Filip Kiss scored a double for the second time in two appearances for Ross County while Yoann Arquin also scored on his debut as the Staggies beat Dundee United 3-0 at the Global Energy Stadium in the SPFL Scottish Premiership. United have now gone six games without a win but County have won three of their last four.

@St_Johnstone_FC 3-3 @JamTarts

All hell broke loose at McDiarmid Park as Hearts launched a sensational injury time comeback in a match that saw 6 goals, 3 red cards, 2 penalties, multiple penalty claims, a hat-trick for Stevie May, a mass brawl, the woodwork struck, two players scoring their first ever goals and a defender playing the closing stages as a goalkeeper. Stevie May scored a hat-trick -- two from the penalty spot -- for Saints while Sam Nicholson and Dale Carrick both scored their first Hearts goals before Danny Wilson’s last gasp leveller.

 

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